For the last FCA meeting, we prepared a pancake breakfast (note to self- do not make scratch pancakes with 1 part half-n-half just so you can clean out the fridge unless you want cakes that take 10 minutes to cook. Woof). I shared a short message with the kids because several had invited friends that don't normally come (most likely for the food) and I wanted them to hear Jesus. They needed to hear Jesus... not because they are especially unruly, but because we all do. I used an illustration I learned in college when my husband and I were part of an on-campus ministry group called The Navigators. Its easy to learn and clearly explains the gospel, so I thought I would share it so you can use it!
Step 1: God's Love and His Plan
- Jesus said, "...I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." (John 10:10)
- "Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment" (Hebrews 9:27)
- "We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all." (Isaiah 53:6)
Step 3: God's Remedy: The Cross
Jesus Christ is the only answer to this problem. He died on the cross and rose from the grave, paying the penalty for our sin and bridging the gap between God and people.
- "For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God..." (I Peter 3:18)
- "For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ." (I Timothy 2:5)
- "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." (John 1:1-5)
Step 4: Our Response
Believing means trust and commitment - acknowledging our sinfulness, trusting Christ's forgiveness and letting Him control our life. Eternal, abundant life is a gift for us to receive.
- "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)
- "I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life." (John 5:24)
- Ask: Is there any reason why you shouldn't cross over to God's side and be certain of eternal life?
- "...for, everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." (Romans 10:13)
- "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)
- "He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life." (1 John 5:12-13)
The offer is for everyone. Just because you know these truths exist does not mean you are saved: "You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that--and shudder." (James 2:19) You must trust and place commitment in the only Savior that has the power to stand before God and claim you as holy and blameless because of his blood- Christ Jesus!